Category Archives: Post-Psychiatry

A structured learning resource for effective mental health peer work

Inner City Cadre Project (Sydney, Australia)

Funded by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust

A Community Project of St Vincent’s Inner City Health Service

The intention [here] is to provide a structured learning resource which will assist people to understand the requirements and skills for effective peer work.

Recovery from mental ill health is an individual experience which takes place in a broader social, political and historical context.

We are uniquely placed as peers to support people’s recovery in many different working environments. Peer workers support clients’ recovery not only through utilising their lived experience of mental ill health but drawing on the strategies they employed and skills they learned in the pursuit of health and wellbeing.

Peer workers bring their experience and skills not only to support and advocate for clients, but to collaborate and partner with clients and colleagues.

Mad studies brings a voice of sanity to psychiatry | Peter Beresford | Society | The Guardian

“Recovery” was meant to be the bright new idea of mental health policy. For many service users, however, it has become code for cutting support and trying to push people off benefits and into employment. The rhetoric of “user involvement” carries less conviction as the sector is reshaped more by a push to privatisation than by the appeal for parity of esteem with physical health policy….

Mad studies brings a voice of sanity to psychiatry | Peter Beresford | Society | The Guardian.

INTERVOICE Networks and Groups

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Hearing Voices groups are places for people to explore the meaning of their voices not as products of a diseased brain.  http://v.gd/304XlC

The Voice-Hearer

Thanks Angela Woods for this great summary of progress normalising  the experience of hearing voices. Asking if the voices are real is like asking if dreams are real…

The Voice-Hearer.

Home – Hearing Voices Network USA

Help for people who understand that one key to recovery is understanding the meaning voices have in the context of lived experience, and that as suppressing voices  with medication only works for some, other ways, more ethical of working are crucial in modern mental health work.

Home – Hearing Voices Network USA.

Connecting to madness | Jim van Os | TEDxMaastricht – YouTube

Professor of Psychiatry (dissenting member of DSM-5 panel) explians why schizophrenia is not a disease. And certainly no genetic disease. And why the name schizophrenia is gone in ten years.

Connecting to madness | Jim van Os | TEDxMaastricht – YouTube.

PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Therapeutic Alliance and Service User Satisfaction in Mental Health Inpatient Wards and Crisis House Alternatives: A Cross-Sectional Study

“We found that service users experience better therapeutic relationships and higher satisfaction in crisis houses compared to acute wards, although we cannot exclude the possibility that differences in service user characteristics contribute to this. This finding provides some support for the expansion of crisis house provision. Further research is needed to investigate why acute ward service users experience a lack of compassion and humanity from ward staff and how this could be changed.”

PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Therapeutic Alliance and Service User Satisfaction in Mental Health Inpatient Wards and Crisis House Alternatives: A Cross-Sectional Study.

19th ISPS International Congress in New York City | ISPS NY 2015

Abstract submission now open

March 18 – 22, 2015 at The Cooper Union in New York City

19th ISPS International Congress in New York City | ISPS NY 2015.

John Read blogs…

John reflects on the work he has done to advance the idea that for many, trauma is the primary source of their vulnerability to psychosis and linked disorders

20 years on: Finally our myopic brain obsession is on the wane.

Psychiatry’s scientific reboot gets under way

Psychiatry’s scientific reboot gets under way

“…her experience is not uncommon – people with mental health problems can receive different diagnoses from different doctors or at different times in their lives. Indeed, critics claim that psychiatrists frequently use diagnostic labels that do not correspond to distinct disorders”